I am seeing a recurring theme here at BLC. In the last month before I left school, I said something very radical, but what made a lot of sense to me. I have becoming convinced that we should be putting all our students’ products and projects online. Everything. Essays, multimedia projects, photos of that which could not be made digital. I got some strange looks from the senior administrators, although no one responded.
And so here I am listening to stellar presenters from around the world who are demonstrating best practices and showing amazing student work – all posted online. What are they using? Flickr, youtube, meebo, podcastpeople, the list goes on. The value of sharing online is now becoming widely recognized. However, I would say we are not yet at a critical mass.
More session reports:
Bob Sprankle – Podcasting with Purpose – (audio-recorded)
Benefits for Writing (podcasts)
Guiding Questions from Teacher
Team Writing Benefits
Purpose to work – Podcasting creates purpose – relevance, audience
(So the wind won’t blow it away) creates artifacts to return to
podcasts can be part of living portfolio
writing for a global audience
George Lucas says we have to do away with learning in isolation
information literacy, relevant learning, global communication
Great to hear Cheryl Oakes’ voice during this presentation = great interview with real elementary students!
self-directed learning – students are very self-aware.
These teachers have let go of the control of their class and their students and permitted students to create their own ideas for podcasts -
Bob mentions – A whole new mind – mentions the importance of “design” – podcasting fits this need
He also mentions The Book of Learning and Forgetting – now on my book list.
We learn from the company we keep – quote from book.
What podcasts are we listening to? What blogs are we reading?
Teachers and learners become information artisans – DAve Warlick
Bob says that artisans today are the blog writers
Bob describes the instance of his class with the wikipedia lesson that Dave Warlick shows off at a presentation/blog – someone challenged the lesson – students respond – the process is iterative
The Medium is the Message – how podcasting has changed us – more personal
digital world – two kinds of people – producers and consumers – power will go to producers – quote from an adult visitor to room 208
Data – does the data show learning gains? Watch what they are doing – when they are teaching what they ahve learned – they are showing that something is happening.
Ewan McIntosh – Is your public body public? (audio-recorded)
The kind of spaces we have:
Secret Spaces – Mobile sms im
Group Spaces – beebo, facebook, tagged
Publishing Spaces – livejournal, blogger,flickr, phtobucket
Performing space – secondlife, world of warcraft, f2f in school
Participation Space – marches, meetings, markets, conferences
Watching Spaces – television, gigs, theatre, youtube
how implicit or explicit is your digital life?
(forced to write this) things I like:
citrus scents, summer days, a clean house, driving along the lake
Things I don’t like:
being late, paying bills, running out of milk for coffee
I work on creating curriculum and sharing ideas with educators – I also look after the needs of three teenagers and a busy household.
viral success cannot be planned
fear: always loathing?? – school 2.0 not happening because educators are afraid of trying it out -
love the fear, don’t loathe the fear
overplanning – room for serendipity, are you allowed and able to fail?
do you allow students, teachers to make mistakes??
why bother?? 2007 – this is the year that 16 year olds were born in teh same year as the web browser
are we ready for this? something has changed, we have to change
Will ICT have any impact – where has it made the biggest impact?
emerging technologies make the biggest impact – IWB’s has less impact on than when implemented 5 years ago
word count of – CDs = 0
emerging practieces – ways to share it all – make the biggest impact
ways to share it all – ie blogs??
don’t incriminate yourself – just don’t speak
take the 5th amendment – influence of the blog
bloggers are flattening out
wikis – another way for teachers to share it all
shares a wiki with what teachers created best practice guidelines for staff blogs
blogs are conversations – so converse!
who do you consult? roman army or wirearchy
track them – see what people are saying about ..you, your conference, your org
finding bottom-up culture; losing permissions-based culture
don’t do a me-too! look at your own cultural context, why they don’t accept the way things are (for me – what is it about Québec? )
do you want everyone to blog? why? examine why you want these tools
he likes very social public body
opens doors to a communicative body – a connected public body